As the nucleus of Les Misérables, the story of Jean Valjean has dominated many abridged versions of the novel as well as most film renditions. To exclude the historical commentaries; of the digressions on argot, religious faith, and the sewers; or passages concerning Cosette’s early enslavement by the Thénardiers, Marius’s penurious circumstances, and the band of young revolutionaries who die on the barricades is to rip the hero’s moral struggles out of the context that gives them meaning. It is to transform Les Misérables into something like Le Misérable, to reduce a vast fresco of individual and collective destinies into the relatively trite tale of an ex-convict on the run. Hugo’s poetic imagination ceaselessly weaves analogies between Jean Valjean’s spiritual progress and humanity’s striving toward freedom, harmony, and social justice. What we lose, then, through external abridgment or our own impatience to get on with “the story” is the highly uncommon interconnectedness of the whole. Les Misérables did not originally strike critics as dangerous because of its outlaw protagonist, nor was it initially banned by the Vatican for its plot. Even today, it continues to press for radical social reform, for national and international concord, by appealing for direct popular action that would bypass established institutions.—
Everyone else can go home. Grossman is the best.
(Kathryn M. Grossman, Les Misérables: Conversion, Revolution, Redemption)
les miserables not called the brick without reason it smashes the windows of our comfort in our rich ease and builds up in us the values of progress towards the light its also freaking huge victor hugo what a thing that you did (x)
the importance of damien rice to girls on lj in the early 2000s.
The macaron lipsticks are now avaliable on NYX’s official website! If you spend $25 you qualify for free shipping.
Recently (last two weeks or so) I’ve noticed my hair fall is picking up a little again, but I had to switch when I was taking my supplements (I was taking them with my BCP at night, and they were bothering my sleep) and kept forgetting for a while there. It’s also getting warmer, so I’m hoping it’s just a combination of the two (I’ve also been doing the milkmaid braids a lot, and I find that I get a LOT of fall in the shower when I wear them, I think because the hair isn’t falling throughout the day as it’s tied up). Over-all though I think it’s getting better. For a good 2 months or so now I’ve had way less hair fall in the shower, with the exception of the last week or so.
I’ve been kind of tracking this with photobooth a little bit, and while my hair is nowhere NEAR where it was months ago, I think it’s getting better? I don’t wanna jinx it but, I’m optimistic! I might have to chop a few inches soon, to keep it looking full, I like it longer the way it is but I think I need to keep it shorter until it fills in more (shorter being like, an inch or two shorter than it is now which really, no one but me will notice).
"My name is Kathy H. I’m 28 years old. I’ve been a carer for nine years. And I’m good at my job. My patients always do better than expected, and are hardly ever classified as agitated, even if they’re about to make a donation. I’m not trying to boast, but I feel a great sense of pride in what we do. Carers and donors have achieved so much. That said, we aren’t machines. In the end it wears you down. I suppose that’s why I now spend most of my time not looking forwards, but looking back, to The Cottages and Hailsham, and what happened to us there. Me. Tommy. And Ruth." - Never Let Me Go (2010)
this gif of buff chris evans having to pretend like he can’t do a push-up is so important to me.
Although this creepy skull and crossbones is pretty good (to be clear I didn’t do this, they were here when we moved in).
The walls in the garage are all full of drawn-on school pennants, and this inexplicable cat (so of course that’s my favorite section on the wall).